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Milo, we have had several discussions with each other in the past few months. I have never received an insult from you or felt threatened by you in any way.

I've told people before where I'm coming from. Since early childhood, I have regarded people's beliefs as demons. And to make things worse, I'm as much a prisoner of those demons as anyone else. Of course, I think it proper for us to judge murderers, thieves, and other evil people - and even to sentence them when they get out of place. However, I feel that one of the most horrible crimes on earth is for a person to look at another human who has done him no harm and decide what he is, just as if the judger were some kind of god. Also, we should not take our inherited myths and preconditionings too seriously, for nothing is what we think it is.

I'll draw from some extreme examples from my life. When I was living in Costa Rica during the 1950s, I went down to the Plaza Central one day to listen to a famous Costa Rican communist who had just returned from exile. Two hundred fifty thousand people turned out to listen to him in a country that at the time had only one million inhabitants. He spent much of his time brainwashing his followers to believe that we Americans are devils. When I noticed that a few hundred or more started looking at me out of the corners of their eyes, I got out of there - fast. Was I really the kind of person he wanted them to think I was?

The above happened during President Nixon's visit to Venezuela. One day, a Venezuelan man rented a room in the boarding house where I was staying. He told me that when Nixon was visiting there, a person in his village publicly declared that he liked Americans. The villagers tied him between two horses and had them split that poor man in half! Was he really a bad man because he liked Americans? Who and what are these people who like to play God?

When I was little, I was treated almost like an outcast for being left-handed. I was also told over and over that left-handed people couldn't learn mathematics. I went through college with no more than a knowledge of arithmetic. Then, in the Marine Corps, I decided to work on myself. I found out that learning math is just like learning a language. You get a model problem or equation, learn it thoroughly, and then substitute different numbers in its place. When I got through trigonometry successfully, I learned a few odds and ends about calculus and decided to stop. That's how all math should he learned, but the academics start out with theory and the like, babbling what novices believe to be pure twaddle, which perhaps it probably is.

I say this: Let's weaken beliefs, refusing to feed them enough to conquer us. In that way, we can change them when we find ideas and facts that are more effective in our lives.

Gene

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The Origin of Christ! 830 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 13:41
Re: The Origin of Christ! 176 Milo 10-Feb-04 16:34
Re: The Origin of Christ! 162 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 17:20
Re: The Origin of Christ! 217 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 17:26
Re: The Origin of Christ! 224 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 17:36
Re: The Origin of Christ! 184 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 18:08
Re: The Origin of Christ! 220 Milo 10-Feb-04 17:43
Re: The Origin of Christ! 180 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 21:53
Re: The Origin of Christ! 219 Milo 10-Feb-04 22:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 221 Mark Staab 11-Feb-04 03:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 158 Milo 11-Feb-04 04:57
For Mark Staab !!! 204 Milo 13-Feb-04 00:01
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 176 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 00:31
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 138 Milo 13-Feb-04 01:16
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 241 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 02:40
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 184 Milo 13-Feb-04 05:25
Re-search 193 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 07:36
Re: Re-search 189 Nebankh 13-Feb-04 09:56
Re: Re-search 187 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 21:08
Re: Re-search 158 Milo 14-Feb-04 00:33
Re: Re-search 186 Milo 14-Feb-04 00:30
Re: Re-search 201 Mark Staab 15-Feb-04 07:39
Re: The Origin of Christ! 273 SunSword 22-Feb-04 00:37
Re: The Origin of Christ! 229 Mark Staab 22-Feb-04 06:49
Re: The Origin of Christ! 235 SunSword 24-Feb-04 01:24
Re: The Origin of Christ! 320 Mark Staab 24-Feb-04 05:17
Satan/Grail 201 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 11:24
Re: Satan/Grail 188 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:06
Re: Satan/Grail 192 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 15:42
Re: Satan/Grail 217 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:57
Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 216 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 17:31
Re: Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 168 Milo 11-Feb-04 17:44
Re: Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 215 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 18:17
Re: The Origin of Christ! 159 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 17:23
Re: The Origin of Christ! 219 adequatedane 10-Feb-04 21:05
Re: The Origin of Christ! 148 Milo 10-Feb-04 21:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 196 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 183 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:03
Re: The Origin of Christ! 254 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:29
Re: The Origin of Christ! 201 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:36
Re: The Origin of Christ! 262 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:52
Re: The Origin of Christ! 198 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:59
Re: The Origin of Christ! 195 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 01:00
Re: The Origin of Christ! 151 Milo 11-Feb-04 01:09
Re: The Origin of Christ! 184 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 01:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 159 Milo 11-Feb-04 02:10
Re: The Origin of Christ! 211 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 02:59
Re: The Origin of Christ! 250 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 189 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 11:13
Re: The Origin of Christ! 187 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:10
Re: about Mexican Freemasonry 193 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 20:29
The Blue Light from the East! 153 Milo 11-Feb-04 22:37
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 235 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 23:33
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 181 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:03
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 193 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 00:52
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 220 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 177 debraregypt 11-Feb-04 02:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 204 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:32
Re: The Origin of Christ! 208 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 08:34
Re: The Origin of Christ! 203 David L 10-Feb-04 23:53
Re: The Origin of Christ! 220 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:02
Re: The Origin of Christ! 217 David L 11-Feb-04 00:09
Re: The Origin of Christ! 239 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 203 David L 11-Feb-04 00:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 201 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:38
Re: The Origin of Christ! 198 David L 11-Feb-04 02:43
Re: The Origin of Christ! 192 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:39
Re: The Origin of Christ! 182 maria k. 11-Feb-04 06:16
Re: The Origin of Christ! 199 Milo 11-Feb-04 06:31
MOD remark to whom it may concern 180 Kees 12-Feb-04 09:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 196 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 09:01
Re: The Origin of Christ! 210 Anne-Marie 22-Feb-04 07:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 237 Milo 22-Feb-04 12:54
The snake never evolved compassion 204 Milo 22-Feb-04 14:06
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 227 Anne-Marie 22-Feb-04 19:27
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 204 Milo 22-Feb-04 20:47
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 209 Anne-Marie 23-Feb-04 07:26
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 204 Milo 23-Feb-04 15:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 204 Mark Staab 23-Feb-04 08:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 194 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:15
Re: The Origin of Christ! 242 Dominick Ohrbeck 11-Feb-04 01:45
Re: The Origin of Christ! 186 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 02:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 239 Dominick Ohrbeck 11-Feb-04 22:40
Re: The Origin of Christ! 198 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 23:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 244 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 00:32
Re: The Origin of Christ! 157 Dominick Ohrbeck 12-Feb-04 01:35
Re: The Origin of Christ! 250 OakeyDokey 10-Feb-04 21:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 187 Segestan 10-Feb-04 23:26
Re: The Origin of Christ! 188 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:37
Re: The Origin of Christ! 183 David L 10-Feb-04 23:47
Re: The Origin of Christ! 219 Saorsa 12-Feb-04 09:28
Re: The Origin of Christ! 197 David L 12-Feb-04 20:27
Re: The Origin of Christ! 194 Saorsa 23-Feb-04 08:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 202 jestahley3 16-Feb-04 05:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 178 Milo 16-Feb-04 12:05


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